TNVS groups appeal to LTFRB for amnesty for drivers sans PA

MANILA-- Leaders of transportation network vehicle services (TNVS) groups on Friday appealed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to grant amnesty for their member drivers without provisional authority (PA).

The LTFRB order suspending the acceptance of new applications for PA of TNVS will be turning one year old on July 21, 2017.

"TNVS drivers have always wanted to fully comply with regulations but their applications were either not processed judiciously by the previous administration or did not make it to the cut-off as a result of the suspension," TopSpeed founder Bobby Coronel said in a press conference at the UP Bahay ng Alumni at UP Diliman in Quezon City

According to Coronel, they have 50,000 active members nationwide.

Likewise, other TNVS leaders also appealed to the LTFRB to act on the recently expired accreditation of transport network company Grab.

Grab's accreditation expired on July 3, 2017.

For their part, BusyPaps president Jepthe Gamad said they can not help but ask: "Why it takes too long? When will the LTFRB issue its resolution?"

"Most of us are employees, teachers, policemen and we also have members who will be retiring. Our transport service is a big help to source for additional finances for our families," Gamad added.

For her part, TopSpeed president, driver and operator Deseree Garcia said aside from their family's basic needs, drivers have responsibilities they cannot simply abandon.

"Most of us are paying monthly amortization for our respective vehicles," she said.

Garcia also asked the LTFRB to understand their situation. "We also do not want to add up to the number of jobless workers."

Source: Philippines News Agency